Goodbye Rangers: Rangers announce the departure of another key player

Rangers traded Yerry Rodriguez to the Jays.
Yerry Rodriguez was designated for assignment earlier this week and has been moved to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Texas Rangers announced today that they had dealt pitcher Yerry Rodriguez to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Josh Mollerus. Mollerus will join the high-A Hickory Crawdads.Mollerus was a 10th-round choice of the Jays in 2023 out of the University of Oregon. He was a fifth-year senior who had spent four years at the University of San Francisco.

. Mollerus spent the most of his college career as a reliever and has continued to pitch in that capacity as a professional. In 29 innings for high-A Vancouver of the Northwest League, he had a 4.03 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 19 walks.

According to BA, Mollerus, a 24-year-old right-hander, “has some intriguing traits…especially with how his fastball plays at the top of the zone.” He’s another bullpen arm the Rangers will sift through alongside a slew of others in the minors, hoping to discover a gem.

Rodriguez, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever, was designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster either Justin Foscue or Derek Hill, depending on your preference. In 26 major league games over the last three years, he has a 7.11 ERA in 31.2 innings, striking out 28 and walking 17, while allowing six home runs.

Rodriguez has stayed around this long because he was given a fourth option for the 2024 season, but he hasn’t done anything with the opportunity. He has a 6.08 ERA in 13 innings for Round Rock this year and 151 innings at AAA over the last four seasons.

has a 5.42 earned run average (ERA). He has had major league potential, but not consistently, and his command has been inconsistent at best. The Jays will now explore what they can accomplish with him in the coming three months.

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